A file photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley
A file photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley

Middle class will ensure far more performance-centric democracy, says finance minister Arun Jaitley

  • India is currently in the middle of voting for the general election, the results of which will be announced on May 23
  • Jaitley said that the socio-economic profile of India is changing very fast

NEW DELHI: The country will judge a leader on the basis of performance and integrity, rather than any other factor such caste, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.

India is currently in the middle of voting for the general election, the results of which will be announced on May 23.

“A group of people, a very large chunk of people, who make very harsh judgements are forming an opinion and that opinion is based on performance is based on integrity is based on in whose hands you are safe and which are the hands which can deliver and I think this trend is likely to increase," Jaitley said.

“And that will probably make us a far more performance centric democracy where people will judge on that basis and not merely the traditional one's like caste…," Jaitley said at release of the book Citizen Raj, authored by economist Surjit Bhalla.

Jaitley said that the socio-economic profile of India is changing very fast, such that the middle class and neo middle class will constitute the largest part of voters.

With this change, Jaitley said that the future of elections will be much more difficult to predict.

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